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Wednesday, May 22 2013 05:24 PM

Three students arrested in connection with BHS plastic bottle explosions


Three Bakersfield High School students were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of several felonies in connection with creating plastic bottle bombs that resulted in the cancellation of classes Monday.

Police spokeswoman Michaela Beard did not have the age of each student, but said they were 15 and 16 years old. She said they were arrested on suspicion of possession of a destructive device, possession of a destructive device near a place where people pass by, possession of substances or materials with the intent to make a destructive device and conspiracy.

BHS was placed on lockdown after three small explosions were heard on the campus late Monday morning. A noise was reported outside the science building, followed by an explosion inside a downstairs boys restroom inside Warren Hall and then a third explosion outside the industrial arts building.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the buildings.

Kern High School District spokesman John Teves has said the plastic watter bottles were filled with water and a common household chemical. Once sealed, the chemical and water react, produce pressure and the bottle eventually explodes.

- The Californian

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